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Culture, Northern Ireland, and the Second World War$
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Guy Woodward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716853.001.0001

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‘An angry wind strumming the wires’

‘An angry wind strumming the wires’


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Culture, Northern Ireland, and the Second World War

Guy Woodward

Oxford University Press

The international success of post-war generations of Northern Irish poets in the final third of the twentieth century has eclipsed the work of writers who were present and active in the province during the Second World War. Describing the poetic climate in the province at this time, this chapter reconsiders the importance of earlier generations of poets. It appraises the influence of Louis MacNeice and his English contemporaries on a group including Robert Greacen and Roy McFadden and gathered around Queen’s University in the early 1940s, before considering the impact of the war on poems by two older poets, John Hewitt and W.R. Rodgers.

Keywords:   Robert Greacen, Roy McFadden, John Hewitt, W.R. Rodgers, Louis MacNeice, war poetry

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